Grandfather's WWII Canadian Uniform "The Essex Regiment (Tank)"

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    Grandfather's WWII Canadian Uniform "The Essex Regiment (Tank)"

    Post by wpheaton on Sun Jun 08, 2014 4:20 pm

    Here are some pics of my Grandfather's WWII uniform.  It was given to me by my father.  
















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    Re: Grandfather's WWII Canadian Uniform "The Essex Regiment (Tank)"

    Post by RCN Sailor on Sun Jun 08, 2014 6:06 pm

    Very nice family heirloom.

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    Re: Grandfather's WWII Canadian Uniform "The Essex Regiment (Tank)"

    Post by Bill on Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:41 am

    Did your grandfather serve with both the Essex Regiment (Tank) and the Essex Scottish?

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    Post by wpheaton on Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:28 am

    Bill wrote:Did your grandfather serve with both the Essex Regiment (Tank) and the Essex Scottish?


    I do not know and my father is gone also so I can't ask. All I know is what I was given. I know he was in the Essex Regiment Tank as my father told me he was a tank instructor. Is the Essex Scottish something different than the Essex Regiment?

    Thanks for your response.

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    Re: Grandfather's WWII Canadian Uniform "The Essex Regiment (Tank)"

    Post by Bill on Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:39 am

    Hi William, To address your question, yes the Essex Regiment (Tank) is a different regiment from the Essex Scottish Regiment. The uniform in your image has a glengarry with the Essex Tank badge, which was not worn in that manner. The Essex (Tank) wore a black beret, or may have wore the wedge early in the war before enough berets were available. The uniform you show is to the Essex Scottish, and has corporals stripes, Assitant Instructor qualification badge, and service chevrons (the red and white stripes). The glengarry in your image was worn by Scottish regiments and should have an Essex Scottish badge. Perhaps somewhere along the line the Essex Tank badge was put on the glen?

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    Post by wpheaton on Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:00 am

    Bill wrote:Hi William, To address your question, yes the Essex Regiment (Tank) is a different regiment from the Essex Scottish Regiment. The uniform in your image has a glengarry with the Essex Tank badge, which was not worn in that manner. The Essex (Tank) wore a black beret, or may have wore the wedge early in the war before enough berets were available. The uniform you show is to the Essex Scottish, and has corporals stripes, Assistant Instructor qualification badge, and service chevrons (the red and white stripes). The glengarry in your image was worn by Scottish regiments and should have an Essex Scottish badge. Perhaps somewhere along the line the Essex Tank badge was put on the glen?




    That is very interesting. All I know is that my father gave me the uniform and hats and said they were my grandfathers. I know he was in the Essex Regiment Tank. My father told me he was a tank instructor. My father is dead now so all that history goes with him. What a shame.

    Thank You,

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    Post by jholl72 on Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:06 am

    wpheaton wrote:
    Bill wrote:Hi William, To address your question, yes the Essex Regiment (Tank) is a different regiment from the Essex Scottish Regiment. The uniform in your image has a glengarry with the Essex Tank badge, which was not worn in that manner. The Essex (Tank) wore a black beret, or may have wore the wedge early in the war before enough berets were available. The uniform you show is to the Essex Scottish, and has corporals stripes, Assistant Instructor qualification badge, and service chevrons (the red and white stripes). The glengarry in your image was worn by Scottish regiments and should have an Essex Scottish badge. Perhaps somewhere along the line the Essex Tank badge was put on the glen?




    That is very interesting.  All I know is that my father gave me the uniform and hats and said they were my grandfathers.  I know he was in the Essex Regiment Tank.  My father told me he was a tank instructor.  My father is dead now so all that history goes with him.  What a shame.  

    Thank You,

    William

    Your Grandfathers service history is not lost. All you have to do is request his service file from Library and Archives Canada. That will tell you everything you want to know about your Grandfathers service and also shed some light on this situation.


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    Re: Grandfather's WWII Canadian Uniform "The Essex Regiment (Tank)"

    Post by wpheaton on Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:13 am

    jholl72 wrote:
    wpheaton wrote:
    Bill wrote:Hi William, To address your question, yes the Essex Regiment (Tank) is a different regiment from the Essex Scottish Regiment. The uniform in your image has a glengarry with the Essex Tank badge, which was not worn in that manner. The Essex (Tank) wore a black beret, or may have wore the wedge early in the war before enough berets were available. The uniform you show is to the Essex Scottish, and has corporals stripes, Assistant Instructor qualification badge, and service chevrons (the red and white stripes). The glengarry in your image was worn by Scottish regiments and should have an Essex Scottish badge. Perhaps somewhere along the line the Essex Tank badge was put on the glen?




    That is very interesting.  All I know is that my father gave me the uniform and hats and said they were my grandfathers.  I know he was in the Essex Regiment Tank.  My father told me he was a tank instructor.  My father is dead now so all that history goes with him.  What a shame.  

    Thank You,

    William

    Your Grandfathers service history is not lost. All you have to do is request his service file from Library and Archives Canada. That will tell you everything you want to know about your Grandfathers service and also shed some light on this situation.


    Great idea Jeff, Thank you. I will look into that.

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    Re: Grandfather's WWII Canadian Uniform "The Essex Regiment (Tank)"

    Post by Bill on Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:24 am

    When you follow up on Jeff's suggestion, you may find that he served in both units. They were both from Windsor and area.

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    Re: Grandfather's WWII Canadian Uniform "The Essex Regiment (Tank)"

    Post by jholl72 on Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:36 am

    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/022/f2/022-909.007-e.pdf
    Heres the link to the form you need to fill out and send in.



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    Re: Grandfather's WWII Canadian Uniform "The Essex Regiment (Tank)"

    Post by pylon1357 on Tue Jun 10, 2014 7:52 am

    Jeff, you have learned well my friend.

    I do wish I had suck items from my families military history. Very nice.


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    Re: Grandfather's WWII Canadian Uniform "The Essex Regiment (Tank)"

    Post by jholl72 on Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:21 am

    I had a good teacher Cliff! The only snag this time is LAC has redone or is redoing the website so it takes a while to find the proper form.


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    Re: Grandfather's WWII Canadian Uniform "The Essex Regiment (Tank)"

    Post by Bill on Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:32 am

    And that snag is a major one. They have renamed and moved just about all the references frequently used. It took me about an hour to find the First World War soldier data base, and even longer to find the re-named Faces of War image data base.

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